SBOE Addresses Upcoming Budget Hearings

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Recognizes Black History Month and Exemplary DCPS Individuals

Washington, DC—The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers on the ground floor of 441 Fourth St. NW.

In commemoration of Black History Month, the State Board of Education has been honoring the legacy of influential black individuals whom schools in the District are named after, through our social media channels. The State Board will recognize the contributions of historical black individuals with a ceremonial resolution.

The State Board will also receive testimony from a panel on the importance of community budget priorities. Representatives from the Coalition for DC Public Schools (C4DC), Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), the DC Policy Center, and the DC Policy Center will weigh in on how District resources should be used to support public education. The State Board will use this feedback to facilitate discussion with the Mayor’s Administration and DC Council in the fiscal year 2021 budget process. Members of the public can sign up to testify at budget hearings, including for the State Board, on the DC Council website.

Public Testimony

All students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to provide testimony at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at [email protected] no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. An electronic copy of testimony must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation if any. Individuals must also bring at least fifteen (15) copies of their written statements with them to the meeting.

Public Meeting Draft Agenda

Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified, or updated without notice.

I. Call to Order
II. Announcement of a Quorum
III. Approval of the Agenda & Minutes
IV. Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education
V. Ceremonial Resolutions
     i. CR20-2, Black History Month
    ii. CR20-3, DCPS Teacher of the Year Ashley Kearney
   iii. CR20-4, DCPS Principal of the Year Masi Preston
   iv. CR20-5, DCPS Staff Person of the Year Brandon Williams
    v. CR20-6, William O. Lockridge Recognition
VI. Public Comment
     i. Phoebe Dillard
    ii. Dana Richard
   iii. Darlene Oliver
   iv. Michele Flores, Dual Language Teacher, Powell Elementary School, DCPS
    v. Valerie Jablow
VII. Community Budget Priorities
      i. Mary Filardo, Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC)
     ii. Letisha Vinson, Ward 7 Parent Leader, Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE)
    iii. Chelsea Coffin, Director, Education Policy Initiative, DC Policy Center
    iv. Qubilah Huddleston, Policy Analyst, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    v.  Mary Levy, Education Budget Analyst

VIII. New Business
IX.   Adjournment

About the SBOE

The D.C. State Board of Education is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District’s state education agency. The State Board is comprised of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing D.C. at large, and two appointed student representatives. The State Board approves statewide education policies and sets academic standards, while OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding. More information about the SBOE can be found at